Lifted and pure aromatics of elderflower, red capsicum and fresh gooseberries. Grapefruit, crushed herbs and jalapeno notes add intrigue and pungency. The palate has freshness and clean fruit purity with a finely balanced, clean acidity. It shows vibrant varietal aromas with full impact on the palate, typical of the Marlborough region. A perfect accompaniment to summer salads, poultry and shellfish. Also try it with lobster and fish.
The 2011 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc embodies the quintessential Marlborough style – full-flavored and medium-bodied with fragrant notes of peach, gooseberry and ripe tropical fruit, followed by freshly cut herb undertones. Showcasing a brilliant straw color, this elegant wine refreshes the palate with a long, clean finish.
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/04
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Mar-06
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/06
International Wine Cellar(2007 Vintage) Bright, pale straw. Knockout nose combines lemon, lime, pear, melon, flowers, licorice and jalapeno, with a spicy ginger quality emerging with air. Then deep and fresh on the palate, with juicy pineapple and grapefruit flavors complicated by a hint of crystallized citrus peel. There's an element of varietally typical herbaceousness but this wine is ripe, balanced and long.